Homes for Heroes connects homebuyers with Realtors who agree to give 25 percent of their commission from the sale back to the buyer. Five percent is sent to Homes for Heroes. Partner lenders and other businesses offer discounts on closing costs and inspections.
Homes for Heroes was founded shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by a group of Realtors in Minnesota. The program is offered in 44 states by 600 affiliates.
The company has affiliates in Georgia but is looking for interested Realtors in the Augusta area.
“We need to serve and support those heroes, but it takes a certain person who is willing to give up their commission to do that,” said Christopher Bowles, the group’s director of affiliates for Georgia.
In the 11 years since its founding, the program has saved homebuyers $1.8 million, Bowles said. It needs no more than five Realtors in Augusta to begin offering services.
The program is designed to help people who serve the nation and their communities.
Realtors must be in good standing with the National Association of Realtors and state licensing departments, meet a level of experience set by the company and work for a full-service real estate company.
“There’s a lot of people who could use some help,” Bowles said. “Maybe it’s not even financial help, but coaching and guidance.”